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ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: Afridi 5-For Helps Pakistan Defeat Kenya by 205 Runs

Shahid Afridi, captain of Pakistan, helped his team to an opening ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 victory, by collecting 5 wickets for just 16 runs off his 8 overs.

Pakistan beat Kenya by 205 runs.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat, and despite losing openers Mohammad Hafeez (9) and Shehzad (1) with just 12 runs on the board, soon set about piling on runs at a good rate.

Kamran Akmal (55 from 67 deliveries) and Younus Khan (50 from 67 deliveries) put on an important partnership of 98 runs for the third wicket, meaning they had recovered to be 110 for 3 when Kamran Akmal was stumped by Ouma off the bowling of Obado.

The Kenyan bowlers all performed reasonably well, but it was Odoyo who picked up the best figures of 3 wickets for 41 runs off 7 overs – it was he who had collected the wicket of Shehzad, caught Kemande.

Misbah-ul-Haq came in when Kamran Akmal walked, and started to really up the run rate, adding two sixes and a four in a quick-fire 65 from 69 deliveries, but it was the other Akmal, Unus Akmal, who did the most damage, with a devastating top-score of 71 from just 52 deliveries, which included nine boundaries (8 fours and 1 six).

Afridi (7), Razzaq (8 Not Out) and Rehman (5 Not Out) had a couple of overs to add additional damage to the score, which had reached 317 for 7 when the 50 over mark arrived.

Kenya set about their batting task pretty well in the first couple of overs, but, with the runs failing to materialise, it was obvious from very early that they were never likely to reach the Pakistan total.

When the wickets began tumbling regularly, the writing was on the wall for the lesser-known cricketing nation.

Ouma (16) and Waters (17) both got in, but never looked like adding many runs from the opening positions, though Obuya (47) looked more composed, and perhaps deserved a half-cenutry for his efforts.

Tikolo (14) who batted at four was the only other resistance Kenya offered, as the middle and lower order capitulated, and fell, mostly to the Pakistan captain’s bowling.

Afridi picked up five wickets in quick succession to finish this match with just 33.1 overs gone – his figures of 5 for 16 from 8 overs , which included 3 maidens, are the best of any bowler in the tournament so far this year.

Pakistan will be pleased that their side batted well from 3 down, but will be hoping for a little more from their opening pair next time out against Sri Lanka.

Kenya will be disappointed with how lightweight their tail was, but must be buoyed a little by some reasonable bowling against one of the better batting line-ups in World cricket, and also their batting from 1 to 4 was reasonably good. Unfortunately for Kenya, however, their next match is also Sri Lanka, who will provide them with no easier an opportunity than that which they had today.

Pakistan v Kenya – ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Scorecard


Pakistan 1st Innings RunsBalls4s6s
Mohammad Hafeezc Watersb Otieno92010
Shehzadc Kamandeb Odoyo11800
K Akmalst Oumab Obado556750
Younus Khanlbwb Tikolo506720
Misbah-ul-Haqc Otienob Kamande656912
U Akmalc Obuyab Odoyo715281
Shahid Afridilbwb Odoyo7410
Razzaqnot out 8610
Rehmannot out 5300
Extras 6nb 37w 3lb46 
Total for 7317(50.0 ovs)
Kenya BowlersOMRW  
Kenya 1st Innings RunsBalls4s6s
Oumac K Akmalb Gul163710
Watersrun out (U Akmal) 173120
Obuyac Shehzadb Shahid Afridi475833
Tikolo b Shahid Afridi133310
Mishralbwb Shahid Afridi61610
Patelc U Akmalb Mohammad Hafeez0600
Kamandelbwb Shahid Afridi2300
Odoyolbwb Shahid Afridi0800
Odhiamborun out (Younus Khan) 0600
Obado b Gul0100
Otienonot out 0100
Extras 1nb 3w 4b 3lb11 
Total all out112(33.1 ovs)
Pakistan BowlersOMRW  
Shoaib Akhtar51100  
Shahid Afridi83165  
Mohammad Hafeez41261  

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